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19th December 2014 18:20

video interview with Adam Murray

Adam Murray: "If I'm being honest, I'll hold my hands up from Saturday. We had two game plans for the game, and I didn't implement the second one quick enough.
We went with the midfield three to try to dominate possession a bit more at home and create chances that way, I felt we had enough possession without hurting them.
And the plan B was to go with the two up top which I didn't implement early enough so I hold my hands up for that one."


Adam Murray happy with Mansfield Town progress
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 15 December 2014

Adam Murray says he is happy with the progress his side has made since he took over as the new Mansfield Town boss.


Murray has so far guided Stags to two draws since taking over from former boss Paul Cox.

But the popular midfielder knows it could have been so much better had Mansfield not let winning leads slip late on against Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town.

Said Murray: “Three weeks ago results cost a manager his job so it is clear there is a problem here, and that is something we are turning around slowly.

“The league table does not lie and we are where we are, We have got to have some realism about our situation.

“It is frustrating to have conceded the late goals against Cambridge and Cheltenham, but I am happy with where we are at the moment.

“The draws show that we are not far off where we need to be.

“We are getting all we can out of the players and they are giving me everything, I cannot ask for more.”

And Murray knows that Stags will be able to climb they table if they can discover some much needed firepower and confidence.

“We are not able to compete in the top ten at the moment and do not have the winning confidence,” added Murray.

“When we go one up we have got to go for the throats and push on and not sit back.”

“It is clear that we need more goals in the team, that is something I am 100 per cent aware of and something we are working on. It is a big issue for us.

“We have adapted from a defensive formation to a more attacking one and playing with wingers will give us the chance to get more balls in the box.

“Against Cambridge we looked better going forward, but lacked the defensive discipline we need.

“Changing formation like this takes time to adjust to and we have to be patient and put in the work.

“It is frustrating because I want to be going out to win every game. We will get where I want to be in time.”


League Two is the priority for Mansfield Town, says boss Adam Murray
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 15 December 2014

Adam Murray says League Two remains the priority for Mansfield Town as they bid to win a place in Round Three of the FA Cup.


Stags face Cambridge United tomorrow night knowing they will face another winnable tie against either Bury or Luton for a place in Round Four if they can progress.

But, despite the potential to pick out a money-spinning Premier League side in Round Four, Murray says he is more interested in climbing the League Two table.

Mansfield Town are on track, says Murray

“The FA Cup is a good competition to be involved in, it is good for the club and the fans,” said Murray.

“Cambridge is a game we can win, as is the next round. At the same time, our priority is the league, points on the board is what we need.

“We are on a decent run at the moment having lost just one of the last five. It is frustrating that we have a replay seeing as we were 1-0 with 30 seconds to go at Cambridge.

“When you go 1-0 up you have got to go for the throats and be positive. That is something I am trying to instill in the players.”

And Murray is under no illusions that tomorrow night’s replay will be another competitive affair.

“Cambridge play to their strengths and have a guy who can score goals, they have an x-factor,” said Murray.

“We have to be aware of what they can do, but we want to be more on the front foot at home.

“It will be a good game, we know what to expect but tomorrow night is going to be about us.”



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